stork

noun
\ ˈstȯrk How to pronounce stork (audio) \

Definition of stork

: any of various large wading birds (family Ciconiidae) chiefly of Asia, Africa, and South America that have long stout bills and are related to the ibises and herons

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The plan seems simple: Place a mobile phone tracker on a white stork to study the bird's migration pattern. Joshua Hafner, ajc, "Stork flies off with tracker, charity gets $2,700 phone bill," 10 July 2018 The plan seems simple: Place a mobile phone tracker on a white stork to study the bird's migration pattern. Joshua Hafner, ajc, "Stork flies off with tracker, charity gets $2,700 phone bill," 10 July 2018 The plan seems simple: Place a mobile phone tracker on a white stork to study the bird's migration pattern. Joshua Hafner, ajc, "Stork flies off with tracker, charity gets $2,700 phone bill," 10 July 2018 The plan seems simple: Place a mobile phone tracker on a white stork to study the bird's migration pattern. Joshua Hafner, ajc, "Stork flies off with tracker, charity gets $2,700 phone bill," 10 July 2018 Poland has a large population of white storks that arrive from Africa every spring and nest all summer before returning south by the end of August. Vanessa Gera, The Seattle Times, "White storks leave Polish nests early after hot, dry summer," 21 Aug. 2018 The plan seems simple: Place a mobile phone tracker on a white stork to study the bird's migration pattern. Joshua Hafner, USA TODAY, "Stork flies off with phone tracker, charity gets $2,700 bill," 9 July 2018 Greenfield's ambulances seem to have become rolling maternity wards, with the stork delivering babies well before the ambulance can get expectant mothers to the hospital. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'It's raining babies': Greenfield paramedics deliver second baby in two weeks," 27 June 2018 The stork itself stands on a turtle: a symbol of fertility. Hettie Judah, New York Times, "How Elegant, How Lethal," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of stork

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stork

Middle English, from Old English storc; akin to Old High German storah stork and probably to Old English stearc stiff — more at stark

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stork

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stork

: a large bird that has long legs and a long bill and neck

stork

noun
\ ˈstȯrk How to pronounce stork (audio) \

Kids Definition of stork

: a large wading bird that has a long heavy bill and long legs and builds large nests usually in trees or on the top of roofs and poles

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